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Old 06-04-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Repeat Stapedectomy after many years?

I found one reference to gradual hearing loss over many years, but have not seen a reference to getting a second operation a long time after the initial.
My first was 21 years ago and the second 16 years ago. I wore a hearing aid for a few years before that.
My hearing has been at least near normal. Tests were done for a few years after the first surgery.
In recent months I have become aware of some hearing loss which prompts the question, 'Does the surgery wear out?" Is it wise to repeat the surgery if hearing becomes less?
Currently my hearing is still better than when I have the initial surgery. The loss may be more specific to certain frequencies. Maybe could be typical loss with age?

 
Old 06-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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Re: Repeat Stapedectomy after many years?

I had mine done 31 years ago and it's faded a bit and needs topping up at the higher frequencies with a hearing aid - could be wear&tear of the bones/prothesis. Could just be age.

Always a bit of a difficult situation since there's always a small chance of losing what you have got by asking to go under the knife again. As with all these thing, best to go and see a consultant and take their advice.

 
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:21 AM   #3
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Re: Repeat Stapedectomy after many years?

I had my first surgery 18 years ago... My incus eroded and I had to under go a revision last Feb. in that same ear...I did not get the best results 50% after surgery which before I had about 20% after my incus eroded so I was happy with it but not my surgeon..I had a zinging if I turned my head to the right side (operated ear) and he felt it was not something I should deal with and give it a try... I had another revision last June in same ear and came out with great results (he found my piston had slipped out of place and was leaning on middle ear)...I knew my risks when I went in and thought if he felt confident then I would put my trust in him...he was also the surgeon that did my very first surgery.

This past Feb. I went back in and had my left ear done...so happy I did it..I know can hear out of both ears...

I do not know if my ear was fading with time..I actually thought my hearing was ok...but my family had said that sometimes they would talk with me and I would not hear them as well..I honestly thought this had to do with my left ear that only had 30% hearing in it...so I am not sure...

Cindy

 
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